Blue And Orange Morality: Western Animation

  • Ĉon Flux: Aeon and Trevor take their opposing ideologies to such extremes that they're very difficult to judge by realistic standards, and thus their conflict falls squarely into this. C'mon, can anyone honestly say they knew what the show was actually about?.
    Trevor: The dream to awaken our world.
    Aeon: You're out of control.
    Trevor: I take control... Whose side are you on?
    Aeon: I take no sides.
    Trevor: You're skating the edge.
    Aeon: I am the edge.
    Trevor: What you truly want, only I can give.
    Aeon: You can't give it, can't even buy it, and you just don't get it.
  • Marceline the Vampire Queen in Adventure Time openly acknowledges this, stating "I'm not mean, I'm a thousand years old, and I just lost track of my moral code". It mostly explains how she can be an example of Dark Is Not Evil while still being really terrifying at times.
  • It's a possible trait of inhabitants of the Spirit World in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Avatar Yangchen, the previous Air Nomadic Avatar, mentions to Aang that many Air Nomads have detached themselves from all worldly concerns and achieved spiritual enlightenment, but the Avatar can never do it because it's the Avatar's job to be the bridge between the physical world and the spiritual world, which requires them to be a part of the world they're protecting. It's likely the Avatar was created so that a powerful spiritual being could comprehend humanity and the concerns of the physical world, and thus not have blue and orange morality as a result of their detachment. From what we see of the other spirits - most of whom are capricious, whimsical, offhandedly cruel, violently attached to one single concept or another, or just plain alien - it was a necessary step.
    • The Legend of Korra confirms that the spirits' blue and orange morality was why the Avatar was created. Humans and spirits did not trust each other, and spirits frequently attacked humans with seemingly little provocation, except that humans were doing what they needed to do to survive. During Wan's lifetime, the spirits' cruelty to humans as well as the effects of Raava and Vaatu's eternal struggle were precisely why Wan became the Avatar; after the Harmonic Convergence in which Vaatu was defeated and imprisoned, Wan decides to use his powers to send the spirits back to their world and close the spirit portals, to protect humanity and keep the peace among the four newly-united Lion Turtle cities.
  • Dinobot in Beast Wars: "I have honour, but it is PREDACON honour!" That seems to mean that if you don't trust your leader's competence, you usurp them; if said leader is unable to prevent this, that leader isn't fit to command.
    • So, basically, Sith.
  • In King of the Hill, Hank Hill has some thoughts on this trope: "What kind of code lets you return a bag of shaving cream and not marry a girl you got knocked up?" Much of the show's humor comes from contrasting morality systems that will seem strange to either one or another group of characters in the show or the audience. For instance, an acceptable and encouraged tradition was called the "McMaynerbury Whuppin'," which involved the McMaynerbury school band beating the crap out of the Arlen mascot. When Bobby ran away because he didn't want to get beat up, they tried to have him stricken from the school yearbook.
  • Discord of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is certainly cruel and sadistic, but he seems to view eternal chaos as an end rather than a means, describing the new Ponyville as "beautiful" and seeing little difference between making it rain (explosive) chocolate milk or driving a pony over the Despair Event Horizon. Further complicating the matter is it being unknown whether he's an Anthropomorphic Personification or "merely" a very powerful Reality Warper (he refers to himself as the "spirit of chaos and disharmony", but that could be just a title).
    • "Keep Calm and Flutter On" reveals he only needed a friend, proving once again, Friendship Is Magic.
    • Discord seemingly claims higher ground when he says he doesn't turn his opponents to stone, implying that he considers his imprisonment a greater offense than anything he's done. Obviously, to an embodiment of chaos and change, being trapped in an unchanging form would be horrifying.
    • The Changelings might be this, depending on whether they merely feed on love as a food source or if they exploit The Power of Love to make themselves more powerful. If the former, their treatment of the ponies to them would be equivalent to cultivating livestock.
      • That said, the Changeling Queen as an individual is strictly an aversion. She is consistently shown to be nothing more than a Manipulative Bitch who tortures innocent ponies solely to feed her own sociopathic pleasures.
  • Batman: The Animated Series: Temple Fugate, aka the Clock King, doesn't care about the actual concepts of good and evil so much as he does precision and its lack.
    Batman: Stop this, Fugate! Hill committed no crime against you!
  • Roger's species from American Dad! has this, probably because they become violently ill if they aren't casually cruel. Or as Roger himself puts it, "Let out their bitchiness." They're also not above using live crash test dummies.
  • Chaos from Aladdin: The Series thought in terms of "predictable" and "unpredictable", and above all, fun for him.
  • Cyrus from "TRON: Uprising" thoroughly believes that the Grid is too corrupted to be saved, and thus thinks that destroying it s the only way to free its inhabitants.
    • He also firmly believes in the concept of destiny and that no-one truly has free will, as all their actions are predetermined by fate.